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Panels & Keynote

Opening Keynote : Marjorie Beaucage

When : Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 10:00 a.m - 11:15 a.m
Where : South Room, Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Delegates will then gather in the South room at Wanuskewin Heritage Park for the opening keynote Address by Marjorie Beaucage. Tea, coffee and bannock will be served.

Artist :
Marjorie Beaucage is a change agent, both in her own life and in the  lives of those around her. At 70, she went to New Mexico to work through her journals and do life writing.  While there, she experimented with Circus Arts and Spoken Word as new forms for sharing her life stories.

In the early 1990‘s, Marjorie Beaucage was a co-founder of the Aboriginal Film and Video Art Alliance . As a "Runner" she worked as cultural ambassador to negotiate self governing partnerships and alliances with the Banff Centre for the Arts, V-Tape, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Sask Arts Board which resulted in the development of  new Indigenous Arts programs. Beaucage is always challenging the status quo to make room for different ways of being ... advocating for spaces for Indigenous Peoples to have their own voice,be visible in media and explore storytelling traditions in contemporary ways.


The delegates are encouraged to go on a self-guided tour of the Wanuskewin Heritage Park. We invite you to spend time with the land that is hosting this gathering.

With the Land

When : Wednesday, June 13, 11:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m
Where : Opimihaw Creek area, Wanuskewin Heritage Park


Redefining the structure and shifting Western thinking within the Canadian media arts milieu, (Dis)organizational Structures will discuss unsettling the status quo while centering Indigenous land-based, and urban presence. Utilising examples and personal narratives, panellists will explore pathways that lead away from colonial compartmentalisation strategies that continue to disjoint Indigenous relationships to land, culture, and community. Addressing these legacies will examine the implications and restrictions of colonial arts culture. How can we, through the process of renewal, fit our practices and our visual language within our structures and methodologies whether it be similar or dissimilar to artist-run, independent, and mentorship-based structures?

Host :
Jennifer Smith

Guests :
Lori Blondeau, Erin Sutherland & Tania Willard

(Dis)organizational Structures

When : Wednesday, June 13, 1:30 p.m - 2:45 p.m
Where : South Room, Wanuskewin Heritage Park


Representatives from the Canada Council for the Arts will be presenting information and insight in regards to the Creating, Knowing, Sharing (CKS), Explore and Create, Supporting Artistic Practice, and Arts Across Canada programs. Participants are welcome to prepare general questions (but not questions regarding the specific results for specific grants). An open dialogue between the public and the representatives will be fostered.

Hosts : 
Isabelle L’Italien, Executive Director, Conseil québécois des arts médiatiques (CQAM) & Lisa Thériault (IMAA)

Guests : 
Felipé  Diaz, Line Dezainde & Laura Jeanne Lefave

Conversation with Canada Council for the Arts

When : Wednesday, June 13, 3 p.m - 4 p.m
Where : South Room, Wanuskewin Heritage Park


After a year under the Canada Council for the Arts’ new funding model and the new online Portal, this discussion will be an opportunity to discuss collective views on the subsequent changes and challenges within the national funding landscape, leading to a cohesive advocacy strategy for the media arts.

Hosts :
Independent Media Arts Alliance & CARFAC

Funding + Fees

When : Wednesday, June 13, 4:15 p.m - 5:15 p.m
Where : South Room, Paskwaw Room, Awi Room,
Art Galleries, Wanuskewin Heritage Park


Post-150 hangover and post-reconciliation, what is left to witness?

Proximity to state-centric terms and movements such as (re)conciliation and Canada 150 can distract  from Indigenous community-based reconnections towards sovereign territories. How do we recentre decolonial practices, how do we hold each other accountable in our efforts to move toward collectively? This panel will uncover in-depth strategies to overcome colonial diversion politics that deviate from our collective community responsibilities, resurgence, and relationships towards notions of sustainability. What is the recourse? And how do we create new pathways? Panellists will share perspectives from within settler institutions and from community-based organisations that connect to notions of allyship, community engagement, and short-term and long-term initiatives that support Indigenous knowledge and transference.

Host :
Ariel smith

Guests : 
Jason Baerg, Jaimie Issac & Janet Rogers

The Canada 150 Hangover

When : Thursday, June 14, 9:30 a.m - 10:45 a.m
Where : South Room, Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Presenter : The Aboriginal Curatorial Collective


This open group conversation will discuss and share strategies and concrete actions that lead toward stronger collaboration between non-Indigenous and Indigenous groups, ultimately working together towards (re)conciliation, responding to the calls to action put forward by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and decolonizing the independent media arts community at large. Participants may choose to break off into smaller group conversations. Outcomes of this discussion may contribute towards an ally toolkit for the media arts, to be developed in the future by IMAA and NIMAC.  

Hosts :
Lisa Thériault (IMAA) & Niki Little (NIMAC)

From Ally to Action

When : Thursday, June 13, 11:00 a.m - 12:15 p.m
Where : South Room, Paskwaw Room, Awi Room,
Art Galleries, Wanuskewin Heritage Park


Dedication to local, place-based practices is gaining momentum from Indigenous creators, organisations, and disseminators and is becoming recognised as an Indigenous methodology. Relationships are developed through locally driven protocol reflecting the self in the community and building Indigenous economies within the arts. How have these economies developed in proximity to colonial funding structures? What issues have been overcome and what moments have created opportunity for alternative practices? Concerning Land will look at the impact and access to sustainable funding through our relationship with the land.

Host : 
Tracey Kim Bonneau

Guests : 
Marjorie Beaucage, Doug Cuthand, Tasha Hubbard

Concerning Land

When : Thursday, June 14, 1:15 p.m - 2:30 p.m
Where : South Room, Wanuskewin Heritage Park


For many media arts organizations, the challenges of securing and maintaining affordable and accessible space for the artists they serve are increasingly acute. The real estate pressures of major urban markets continue to intensify and low-cost rental property in central neighbourhoods is scarce or extinct. In order for media arts organizations and collectives to continue to support production and dissemination of artists’ work, the sector as a whole must meet the central challenge of creating, maintaining, and renewing sustainable media arts infrastructure that is accessible to the community. Following the work begun by Tim Dallett in 2017 to survey the sector on the subject of space and facilities challenges, IMAA has since recruited the organization Capacity Build in Vancouver, known for their consulting services with nonprofits to provide high levels of expertise in the areas of strategic planning, finances, and real-estate in the next phase of this project to continue this research and prepare a Space and Facilities toolkit and case studies. This focus group meeting is open to all and will be led by Scott Hughes of Capacity Build.

Host : 
Scott Hughes

Space + Facilities Focus Group

When : Thursday June 14, 2:45 p.m - 4:15 p.m
Where : South Room, Paskwaw Room, Awi Room,
Art Galleries, Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Presenter : Independent Media Arts Alliance


imagineNATIVE’s On Screen Protocols & Pathways: A Media Production Guide to Working with Indigenous Canadian Communities, Cultures, Concepts & Stories is a ground-breaking new initiative that will help create a blueprint for informed and collaborative media production practices with Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadian creators and communities.

imagineNATIVE is currently developing a Screen Protocols & Pathways: A Media Production Guide to Working with First Nations, Metis and Inuit Communities, Cultures, Concepts and Stories. This media production guide for use by filmmakers and production companies wishing to feature First Nations, Métis or Inuit (FNMI) people, content or concepts (traditional or contemporary cultures, knowledge or intellectual property) in their films, television programs and digital media content. imagineNATIVE is seeking input from screen creators into the development of the guide.

Host :
Marcia Nickerson

On Screen Protocols & Pathways : A Media
Production Guide to Working with First Nations,
Metis and Inuit Communities, Cultures, Concepts
and Stories

When : Thursday, June 14, 2:45 p.m - 4:15 p.m
Where : South Room, Paskwaw Room, Awi Room,
Art Galleries, Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Presenter : imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival


Enriching Indigenous knowledge and art through game design; this panel will provide insights into Indigenously-determined game development process, the significance of this process as a means to protect Indigenous language and culture, and the importance of digital skill-sharing in Indigenous communities. This panel will act as a postmortem for the Indigenous Video Game Workshop organized by Western Arctic Moving Pictures’ makerspace initiative, Hackspace. It will discuss a month-long game design workshop for Indigenous youth, which took place in the Northwest Territories of Canada in July 2017. We will be talking about how it started, our structure and outcome, and lessons learned.

Host :
Yifat Shaik

Guests : 
Meagan Byrne, Gabrielle Hughes & Travis Mercredi

Teaching Game Design in Remote Communities

When : Friday, June 15, 9:30 a.m - 10:45 a.m
Where : South Room, Wanuskewin Heritage Park


Stories from the land, actions of telling, listening, and retelling are renewal practices of remembering and transmitting. Language reinforces sustainable relationships and networks beyond the dominant narrative revealing knowledge bases of those who came before, (re) humanising various generations simultaneously. How do we encounter these narratives? Do we write from ourselves outward or do they stories seek us out in tender care? The non-dominant account holds sovereign space, disseminating ideas and establishing intersections that steer away from the temporal while incorporating inflexions on relations of lineage, language and culture into notions of expanded authorship. Publishing and the Self will discuss ways of thinking about how we write our histories and who we write them for through everyday practices both personally and collectively.

Host :
Angela Marie Schenstead

Guests :
Joi T. Arcand, Amy Fung, Julie Nagam, Red Rising Magazine

Publishing and the Self

When : Friday, June 15, 11:00 a.m - 12:15 p.m
Where : South Room, Wanuskewin Heritage Park


IMAA members can bring forward any topic of their choosing with their regional members.

Hosts: 
IMAA Regional Reps
 

IMAA Regional Meetings

When : Friday, June 15, 1:15 p.m - 2:15 p.m
Where : South Room, Paskwaw Room, Awi Room,
Art Galleries, Wanuskewin Heritage Park


IMAA and NIMAC members can bring forward any topic of their choosing at this open forum.

Host :
Lisa Thériault  (IMAA) & Niki Little (NIMAC)

IMAA Forum

When : Friday, June 15, 2:30 p.m - 3:30 p.m
Where : South Room, Wanuskewin Heritage Park


At the Annual General Meeting, members meet to set the Alliance's policies and to determine priorities for the organization’s activities. Implementation of AGM decisions is carried out by the National Director, under the direction and supervision of the Board of Directors, elected by the membership to reflect a balanced regional representation. The IMAA president and Treasurer are elected by the General Assembly.

Hosts :
Lisa Thériault (IMAA) & T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss (President, IMAA)

IMAA Annual General Meeting

When : Friday, June 15, 3:30 p.m - 5:00 p.m
Where : South Room, Wanuskewin Heritage Park